About Leesa


Leesa Thornthwaite, the owner of Pure Yoga, started her career as a high school teacher. After becoming disillusioned by the school system, but still loving the art of teaching became an adult trainer.

Following further tertiary studies in adult education, she rose the corporate ladder to Training Manager & eventually CEO of a Retail Training Company.

The corporate world took its toll, managing stress became a high priority, it was yoga that helped her through theses challenging times.

After taking a break from the retail sector, she entered the Health & Fitness Industry in another senior management role with just as much stress & the need for even more yoga. That was the icing on the cake – no more!! It was time to stop the merry go round and reassess values & goals.

Leesa’s love for exercise & yoga lead her to train as a fitness instructor. Over the next 10 years she continued her yoga and pilates practice and completed a number of teacher training programs through; Yoga Unlimited, Yogafit, Yoga Synergy , Samadhi Yoga , Judith Hanson Lasater, Pilates International and Pilates Moves.

After 3 years co-ordinating gym technical staff & aerobics instructors, it was time to go it alone.

She opened Pure Yoga in February 2001 & has never looked back it was time to share with others what had kept her sane all those years . Now with over 15 years of yoga and pilates practice there is never a day that she does not feel grateful for the journey she has travelled, the wonderful teachers she has trained under , great friends she has made in the yoga and pilates community and most of all the wonderful students that she has been blessed to teach.

Leesa’s Mantra is ……
“Life is not about the destination but the journey that takes us there”